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, anne-marie slaughter and ian bremer who i will ask to gaze into their crystal balls. will assad fall, will israel bomb iran, and will the euro zone finally break apart? >>> then the fiscal cliff. the view from across the pond. how did our political process look from a perch overseas and what will it all mean for the u.s. economy and the global economy? >>> also, will this be india's awakening? the nation confronts its own dark corners after a despicable deadly act. i'll look at some parallels with america's recent tragic school shooting. >>> first, here's my take. the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is a small victory for sanity, but what it says about the future is somewhat bleak. washington will probably lurch from crisis to crisis kicking problems forward and placing band aids small solutions on those it does address. there will likely be no large-scale initiative on tax reform, entitlement reform, energy policy, probably even immigration reform and this is the real worry. because beyond the self-inflicted crisis of the cliff and the forthcoming debt ceiling, the united states face
is assad. you thought last year he would have fallen by now. most people did. it looks like a better prediction this year, but it seems as though it's even conceivable that he could wait out 2013 or no? >> no, i don't think so. i would say he hasn't fallen yet, but we're now into the end game where it's clear he's going to fall and just a question of how long, not just we're predicting, we want him out, but he really is on his way out. i don't think there is any way he will survive 2013, but i'm not convinced there will be a government to replace him by the end of 2013. >> why has he stayed there as long? i was more skeptical that he would fall quickly and the reason was simple. a very strong army and they have been incredibly brutal in their willingness to use it against the rebels. >> that's part of it. it's a real state. this is not like -- this is a real state but look what happened to the sunnis in iraq. they took their cue from that. they know it's not going to be pretty aftermath and they had external support. the russians and the chinese diplomatically and the iranians milita
. president bashar al assad has refused to negotiate. assad addressed his supporters on sunday. he proposed a new constitution and a national referendum to approve it. he branded his opponents puppets of the west. brahimi met with assad last month telling the bbc the president's proposals are no different from ones he's put forward before. >> i think that what people are saying is that family ruling for 40 years is a little bit wrong. so the change has to be real. >> opposition leaders welcomed the remarks. brahimi is set to meet with russian diplomats with close ties to the assad government on friday. >>> rebel commanders have freed dozens of iranians in a prison exchange or prisoner exchange deal with the syrian government. the assad regime agreed to release more than 2,000 captives in return. it's the largest prisoner swap since the uprising against assad's government began nearly two years ago. iran's state-run media said 48 iranians held for five months arrived at a damascus hotel after their release. opposition fighters seized the iranians near the city in august and initially threat
making news now. >>> a show of defiance today from syrian president, bashar al assad. in front of his supporters, the syrian leader gave his first public speech since june and effectively thumbed his nose at the international community, insisting his vision of syria's future will lead the country out of crisis. al assad also refused to work with the opposition, calling them "enemies of god who will go to hell." al assad has lost all legitimacy and he has to step down, the state department says. >>> search is on right now for famed fashion director vittorio missoni. he, his wife and four others were on a plane that disappeared off the coast of venezuela this weekend. he helps lead a fashion empire worth millions of dollars. >>> as you drone attack killed 17 suspected militants in pakistan's tribal region today that strike near the afghan border injured three, according to intelligence sources. it follows two similar attacks last week, one of which killed a taliban commander. >>> 130 trained mountain rescuers are combing a five-mile area east of seattle. they are looking for this man, 2
: a rare public appearance of assad addressing torn nation. for first time in six months. leland vitter has more. >> this speech is a combination of the same old, same old, all the rebels are terrorists. we're going to continue to fight and win this war, but it also provided a little bit of diplomatic cover not only for the syrians but also for their allies so the russians can now say, look, assad offered a peace plan and rebels won't talk. they would call it optics and they are important here. assad trying to get control live on state tv. a reminder that a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite offers for negotiation he was clear he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. to the past 20 ms. he says the rebels, we are seeing a growing number of fighters from foreign countries and much more turning syria into a islamic state. rebels say they aren't interested while assad is power. assad has shown he has well more than nine lives of a cat. last summer the state department said they thought damascus would fall within 36 hours. clearly ass
and describe a national reconciliation conference and a new syrian constitution. guest: president assad has adopted a bellicose reaction to the rebellion. it is not an all-out civil war. throughout this conflict, he has adopted this tone that these people are terrorists and criminals. 60,000 syrians have been killed in the civil war. he is going to come middle ground to the rebels who think they are winning at this point. host: cure associated press is pointing out this is his first speech since last june theory his opponents are -- the associated press is pointing out that this is his first speech since last june. guest: the rebels are winning this conflict. the question is how long will it go on and how many syrians have to die before the assad regime toppled or some deal is reached to send him into exile. there is no deal that leaves him sharing any power. host: if he goes into exile, which country will take him? guest: russia has been his biggest backer. it comes immediately to mind as someone who would want to take someone responsible for the death of 60,000. host: during the conflict,
own people to give a rare public address. his first speech since june and is assad promised to keep fighting the rebels whom he described as terrorists and religious extremists and murderous criminals and activities say the speech did not do anything to stop the fighting. the united nations reports the syrian civil war has led to the deaths of more than 60,000 people since march of 2011. jonathan hunt is with us. u.s. officials very critical of bashir al-assad's speech. >> a broken record is exactly what he resembles right now. in his speech that the u.s. officials and others believe is meaningless dialogue and criticizing the rebels as criminals and terrorists. despite the fact that the u.n. now reports 60,000 syrians have died in the ongoing civil war are there' peers to be no change in -- there appears to be no change in u.s. policy. >> i don't want to get into a numbers game. it is a horrible brutal tragedy what is going on in syria but it is the assad regime that bears fundamental responsibility which speaks to the callous attitude he showed in th speech. he could silence his o
and senator john kerry expected to take over. >>> rare speech from syrian president bashar assad has drawn a quick and blunt reaction from the obama administration. a defiant assad rejected international calls to step down and tried to justify his crackdown on anti-government rebels. he outlined plans for a national reconciliation conference and new constitution as well. but the u.s. state department says the syrian leader is "detached from reality." >> spokesperson for the state department released a statement saying, quote, assad has lost legitimacy and must step aside to enable a political solution and democratic transition that meets aspirations of the syrian people. you would think at this point. 60,000 syrians have been killed since this broke out two years ago. how do you negotiate peace with that much blood on the streets? >> exactly. what is fascinating is what he is floating as something that he floated years ago, and -- just, didn't have any teeth. just wasn't credible. i think also, at this point. even the turkish head of state, former ally, is speaking out against assad. he ju
by the syrian president bashar assad his first since june. yesterday he laid out what he called a peace plan which included new constitution and a, quote: national reconciliation conference. at the same time the syrian president urged his supporters not to give up the fight against the rebel forces whom he called murderous criminals. hello mirror. the secretary general is disappointed bashar assad has no plan at all to i understand the suffering of syria's men women and children. the civil war has killed more than 60,000 people since it broke out nearly two years ago. the chief fox report correspondent jonathan hunt is with us. jonathan, some the rhetoric from assad just astounding and some response from the united states. >> yeah. the same thing we have heard again and again it appears to be groundhog day in both damascus and washington. president assad talking once again about the way he says he is committed to what he calls a national dialogue but at the same time condemning anyone who fights his regime as either a terrorist or a criminal. officials here in the u.s. condemning that kind
nations egyptian is urging assad to resign and supports the opposition but iran is backing the assad administration with russia. after the meeting they held a news conference. >> translator: to solve the situation in syria iran's cooperation is necessary. >> translator: the situation in syria should be solved by syrian, not by intervention from other countries. >> iran will cooperate with egypt. they will support mediation efforts by the un. >>> the public standoff between journalists and government officials is making more headlines. staff say they were censored. they have used their latest edition to take a jab at the communist party. >> reporter: the southern best weekly published its second edition on thursday. >> translator: i came to buy the news to know what's happening and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. >> reporter: they did not run a story detailing their complaint. editors wrote even though the party had the right to control the media, it should change with the times. no major rallies happened on thursday outside the head office. h
. >> i'm shannen bream in tonight for harris falkner: assad gives a rare speech to supporter and what he says from the u.s. state department. urging syrians to defend their country against the rebels who started against his regime two years ago. it's now a civil war. and 60,000 people estimated to have been killed since it began, saying in a statement. assad's speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the syrian people's goal of a transition. leland vittert has more from the u.s. bureau. >> shannon, this speech is a combination of the same old-same old, it provided diplomatic covers not only for the syrians, but their allies, russian, not offered a peace plan and the rebels won't even talk. in u.s. politics, they would call it the optics and they're important. president assad looking in control and on state tv and speaking to adoring crowd, remind they're a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite the offers of negotiation, he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. in the past 20
with state republicans saying they won't stand in its way. al-assad governor cuomo's beach, an estimated crowd of over 1000 people gathered for protest urging him to reject the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. cuomo faces a major decision next month when a state moratorium on fracking is set to expire. the demonstrators included legendary folk singer and upstate new york piece singer, who led the crowd and a rendition of the folk classic, "this land is your land." from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this land was made for you and me ♪ this land is your land this land is my land from california to the new york islands from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this plan was made for you and me ♪ >> pc your joining about 1000 people singing "this land is your land." secretary labor hilda solis has announced resignation at a president obama's second term beginning later this month. she is the first latina had a federal agency and known for her public support of unions,io pushing measures including the employee free choice act, which would
assad, and then a discussion on the future of u.s. energy policy. at 11:00 p.m., "q&a" with timothy naftali, former director of the nixon presidential library. >> studentcam video and trees are now do, friday, january 18, for your chance at the ground prize -- the grand prize. for more information, go to studentcam.org. >> in a rare address to the nation, syrian president bashar al assad talked about moving forward but made no mention of stepping down. he proposed a new constitution, which he said would have new laws. he thanked russia and china for their support of syria and stressed that his country would defend itself against outside forces. the last time the syrian president addressed was in 2012. this comes to was courtesy of aljazeera english. -- comes to us. >> and this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. [crowd chanting] not so long after, it was said that maybe as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives in during the course of the 21- month conflict. while our translators are standing by to bring you -- pres
:00 on c-span's q&a. >> in a rare address to the nation, the syrian president bashar al-assad. he proposed a new constitution that he said would include new laws for the party's and local administration. he think russia and china for their support of syria and stressed that his country would defend themselves from outside forces. the last time he addressed the nation was in june 2012. coverage comes to us courtesy of al-ajzeera english. -- al- jazeera english. >> this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. official figures in united nations said as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives during the course of the 21 month conflict. [chanting] our translator is standing by [applause] -- by. [applause] president bashar al-assad, live from the syrian capital. >> ladies and gentlemen, today i look at your faces and the faces of the people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children of syria. i'd look at the hands of the elderly today, pain and suffering is spread all over syria. safety and security are a
forced him to leave his home. his wife will not return to syria unless president bashar al-assad is gone. >> i don't think we will go back if he remains in public. he used all kinds of weapons against the people. he became like a bloody monster. we cannot go back to live under his mercy. >> do you and repeat the agency is finding it difficult to deal with the growing number of refugees. about 30,000 syrian refugees live in this camp. that number is increasing on a daily basis. un is the items like blankets and heaters, but in cold weather conditions like this, it is not enough. unhcr sent thousands of a waterproof tent. it then it constructs a concrete foundation, latrines, and kitchen. >> it is always went to emergency situation. when you have refugees on going, when you have increased numbers -- 15 per cent average on august jumping to 500 and even more, it needs immediate response. >> despite the hardship, these refugees are considered to be lucky. their hosts are also ethnic kurds to give them residency permits. refugees are allowed to move freely and work in the kurdish region. many
forward from this point? >> i'll say a few things, the speech by al-assad was indeed evidence of how delusional he is. the proposal he made was nothing more than a desperate attempt to cling to power. if would only allow the regime to killing the oppression and killing of the syrian people. the momentum in syria is with opposition forces and with the syrian people. it's clear as defections continue and we have seen a number of them, and the regime continues to lose control of territory, that assad cannot restore his control of syria. the future in syria does not and will not include bashar al-assad. he has all legitimate sei and he must step aside to end the bloodshed. the united states will continue the support for the agree knee have a action group framework endorsed by the five permanent of the u.n. security council, the arab league within and the u.n. generally assembly. we will continue our support to build international support for the framework and all parties in syria to take steps toward the implement takes to help expedite an end to the suffering of the syrian people. and b
president bashar al assad in damascus, as he gave a rare personal speech to the country, his first since june. assad called for mobilization in this fight, compared rebel forces to al qaeda, and dismissed national efforts to mediate the crisis, saying syria refused to be, quote, puppets of the west. >>> west coast headlines are next with a price strike in a new health care law, which was supposed to prevent any kind of strike. >>> plus the challenges for chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary. is he worth fighting for? >>> some head linlines making n out on the west coast. the yakima herald republic in washington state has this headline. "gop looks more divided post cliff." it's about how headlining party may not be able to negotiate the debt ceiling. >>> and the press democrat has "health care rates spike," it's about health care companies seeking big premium increases for customers even though one of the biggest objectives of the health care law was to stem the loss to consumers. >>> and the mail tribune in medford, oregon, has this headline. "despite our best efforts, folks kee
congressional panel gives us an inside look? syrian president assad makes his first public appearance in months. details on his defiant speech coming up next. it did house rule number 53. big time taste should fit in a little time cup. new single serve cafe collections from maxwell house now available for use in the keurig k-cup brewer. always good to the last drop. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day afr day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] e pill eachmorning. 24 hours. zero heartbur >> president obama's gun control plan appears to be taking shape now. peter doocy standing by with some of the top stories. >> a senior administration official says the white house is taking a broad approach with gun laws being only part of the issue. the washington post reports a working group is considering universal bangground checks for buyers and tracking the sale and movement of weapons. new jersey governor chris christie says there are more im
nations. our translator is standing by to bring you president bashar al- assad, live. >> members of the government, ladies and gentlemen, today i would look at your faces and the faces of people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children of syria and do not see an innocent smile on their faces. i look at the hands of the elderly and i see them praying for their children, daughters, and grandchildren. safety and security are absent in these streets. many women lost their children, many children became orphans. siblings have been divided. this pain is spread over the country. from the pain, hope is born. from difficulty, solutions come. a dark cloud would hide the sun, but it would provide rain and cleanliness that would provide goodness for the country. syria will not come out of its impulse unless it changes this into a solution that will bring the country out of its impulse but it has never witnessed in the history of this region. this is the only way we can remedy all the injuries and deep wounds that we have in syria and the only way to keep syria
is the situation right now in regards to syria's nuclear weapons? does assad have the intention to use those weapons? do you think the visit to the pentagon is to discuss the this topic, this issue? >> the secretary panetta and him have met on a number of occasions. i'm sure the talk of syria will come up. to your question on chemical weapons, without get together deep in intelligence i'm unaware of any information that the syrians are planning to use the chemical weapons. let me be very clear, this government would view that kind of actions a a red line. officials have been clear about that. we will continue to do so. the assad regime and it continues to perpetrate violence against its own people, it is unacceptable and it is time for the assad regime to go. but in the meantime, they have a serious responsibility to maintain security over their chemical weapons and not to use them. >> so you believe that the syrian chemical weapons are in good hands, are safe so far? >> the syrian regime has an obligation to maintain security over the syrian chemical weapons stockpiles. i have not heard of
but also undermining those efforts by saying that the removal of president assad from power cannot be a precondition to talks. this comes as rebels have taken control of a strategically government air base in northern syria. syrian military helicopters. rocket launchers and tanks. >> for months syrian jets have pounded rebel fighters and civilians from above. some of the regime air strike is crucial to the opposition. particularly as cold winter weather has limited ground operation. with the help of god, we will not stop this rebel says no matter how difficult the circumstances become. if it's cold or snowy, we will persist until we are rid of this regime. set back as syrian troops reportedly took back control of a suburb outside damascus that rebels held fighting has intensified near the capital in recent months. on monday, 15 nations will submit a letter to the u.n. security council requesting that syria be referred to the international criminal court. this move would open up syrians on both sides of the conflict to war crime prosecution. but this latest diplomatic move will do l
're important. president assad >> too looking in control and on state tv and speaking to adoring crowd, remind they're a large numbe authorities say two bombers drove up to the gate shot and killed a guard and stormed the compound firing their weapons. police say once inside they blew themselves up along with their car. two members of the local con soul were killed with a teenaged boy and two other civilians. at least 15 wounded. the taliban is claiming responsibility. across the border in pakistan combat firefighters killed in drone strikes. u.s. drones targeted three militant hideouts. no word on the identity of those killed but we are told two pont commanders including the head of the training unit for suicide bombers may be among them. also in pakistan four people killed in an attack on a train. top story as we go around the world in 80 seconds. in 80 seco pakistan, that attack happening on a passenger train in the southwestern part of the country. the dead include three passengers and a member of pakistan's military. a dozen more people were injured. so far no one is claiming responsibili
, everyone. >>> in the news the defiant president bashar assad made a speech. he called for a national fight until in his words every terrorist is dead. >>> a shell oil rig that ran aground in alaska could be towed as early as today. naval architects said it was safe to move. the job will begin as soon as the weather is good enough. >>> former french citizen and actor gerard depardieu got a big welcome to his adopted new homeland. vladimir putin sat down with him and gave him at that point a russian passport. he left france because he says of its high taxes. >>> finally talk about a big catch, a bluefin tuna has sold at tokyo auction for a record 1.75 million bucks. how about that? >> that's a lot of money. >> three times the previous high making for some probably very expensive and hopefully very good sushi. >>> time over to the incomparable ginger zee. >> i like the adjective, ron. warm in miami and will stay that way. for the bowl tomorrow it will be dry. it hasn't been this morning and won't be for some of the day. let's look at the live shot there. powers back in the clouds i'm referrin
reports the chemical weapons of the bashar al-assad regime are ready and could be launched within hours if the order is given. live details on that when we continue. i need you. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love with progressive's claims service. times reporting that syria's stock of chemical weapons is loaded and ready for use if president bashar al-assad gives the order to use them on his own people as that war rages. leland vittert watches it live from our middle east bureau. what is the latest now? >> reporter: though the intelligence came out a couple of weeks ago that the syrians had begun mixing the chemical weapons, that was based on satellite intelligence and signals intelligence, meaning communications intercept. that's when the u.s. went into high gear diplomatically and made it clear to the syrians and the r*ugtss that the use of chemical weapons would be crossing a r
ahmedinejad, syria's embattled bashar al- assad and he formed an especially close bond with cuban presidents fidel, and raul castro. while relishing his role rallying the latin american left against u.s. led free trade and anti-terrorism efforts, chavez had an opponent he couldn't beat in cancer. he bore his sufferings in public, talking about his treatment, showing the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. then after treatments in cuba, he would pronounce himself cleared of cancer, and ready to return to the country's business. >> free, i am totally free. >> reporter: during last year's campaign, he didn't disclose specifics about the nature, location, or severity of the cancers. >> ( translated ): i'm leaving, but the high political authority, although i will not hand it over, i will delegate it and it is in good hands. here is nicolas maduro and all of the political cabinet of the republic. >> reporter: after he left the government in the hands of his hand-picked number two, chavez' treatment and condition remained shrouded in secrecy. >> ( translated ): the president is carrying out his
bashar al assad outlined new ways for the country to move forward, but he made no mention of stepping down as leader. he thanked russia and china for their support and stressed his country would do whatever it needed to defend itself against, quote, outside forces. the last time the syrian president addressed the nation was in june of 2012. this 55-minute event is courtesy of al-jazeera english. [cheers and applause] >> and this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. [inaudible] officials from the united nations said there may be as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives during the course of the 21-month conflict. [inaudible conversations] our translator's standing by to bring you -- [applause] the words of bashar bashar al assad live from the syrian capital. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: members of the government, heads and members of people's organizations, ladies and gentlemen, today i would look at your faces and the faces of people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children
ahmedinejad syria's embattled bashar al- assad and he formed an especially close bond with cuban presidents fidel, and raul castro. while relishing his role rallying the latin american left against u.s. led free trade and anti-terrorism efforts, chavez had an opponent he couldn't beat in cancer. he bore his sufferings in public, talking about his treatment, showing the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. then after treatments in cuba, he would pronounce himself cleared of cancer, and ready to return to the country's business. >> free, i am totally free. >> reporter: during last year's campaign, he didn't disclose specifics about the nature, location, or severity of the cancers. >> ( translated ): i'm leaving, but the high political authority, although i will not hand it over, i will delegate it and it is in good hands. here is nicolas maduro and all of the political cabinet of the republic. >> reporter: after he left the government in the hands of his hand-picked number two, chavez' treatment and condition remained shrouded in secrecy. >> ( translated ): the president is carrying out
, the syrian president gave a national address today saying his country is under attack. president assad's first address since june. since then, u.n. officials say 10s of thousands of syrians have been killed and even mover have fled the country. assad said his forces were fighting groups of murderous criminals and deny the up rising against his family's decades long rule. the president continues to stand against global calls for him to step down. >>> israel's prime minister is calling for a fortified fence on the border of syria. this is video of the mortar rounds fired this last november. benjamin netanyahu says they need the fence because the syrian army has moved away and jihad forces have moved in. >>> this morning searchers are looking for at least 100 people unaccounted for after wildfires december stated the austrailian island of tasmania. more than 40 fires are still burning. the prime minister is scheduled to tour the town of denali tomorrow. more than 65 homes, a police station and school in the small town burned. >>> san francisco residents concerned about a plan to redevelop
, the white house has rejected a new proposal from syrian dictator bashar al assad. in a rare speech sunday, he offered to draw up a new constitution and to begin a peace process to end the civil war in his country that has now claimed more than 60,000 lives. he refused to step down or even negotiate with rebels. >>> the nation's largest banks are reportedly close to striking a deal over foreclosure abuses. 14 banks, including chase, bank of america, citigroup, and wells fargo, are expected to agree to a $10 billion settlement. that money will be used to reimburse evicted home oowners d help lower the balances of other struggling homeowners. >>> an invasion off the coast of southern california. squid, giant squid are racing towards shore. look at this. not your typical five-pounders. we're not talking calamari. we're talking babies that are 25 pounds or more. so many, in fact, that the two fishermen that you see here, caught 800 of them, in two boats in just two hours. reportedly, feeding on krill coming in with the tide, which makes me feel not one bit better about it. it certainly makes i
of marriage act is heard the following day on march 27th. new violence in syria after president assad's declaration that he will not step down in a public address, he announced only he dictates the end of the civil war, a 21-month conflict costing more than 60,000 lives so far. those are your headlines. back to ashley. ashley: lawn -- lauren green, thank you so much. appreciate it. president obama facing heavy oppositions from republicans about the nomination of secretary of defense, and rich edson at the white house with more on this story. rich? >> well, one of the next of many fights in the u.s. senate, this one for senator chuck hagel, the president's pick to lead the pentagon, ashley, and looking at the case the white house makes is one that he's a decorated combat veteran, bun who is a bipartisan pick as a former republican senator from the state of nebraska, shows, the white house says, dependence in the pick, and advocate for war veterans, and the white house wants to make the point that he would be a solid steward of taxpayer money. >> as a successful businessman, he knows as
in syria after assad's declaration he will not step down. he announced that only he would dictate the end of syria's civil war. the 21-month conflict costing more than 60,000 lives. abbas renaming the organization the state of pal palestine. it comes a month after the united nations voted to upgrade the palestinian authority to a non-member observer state. palestinian passports, identifications, and other doesn'ts are issued using the new state of palestine name. those are the headlines. back to you, cheryl. cheryl: lawn greene, thank you very much for the news channel. appreciate it. >> sure. cheryl: world's most expensive corn is here in the united states. now, our exports hit historic lows as countries look elsewhere for cheaper corn. jeff flock live from maple hurst farms in rochelle, illinois. hi, jeff. >> hey, cheryl. prices for corn still high. this is one of the reasons why is the drought. you don't see snow cover out there, do you? well, no, there's not been any moisture. look on the ground here. tell you, that's all there is. we've had some snow, very little snow, very little mo
guys were our guys are gone, like mubarak. probably, probably assad is also a goner. such a nice plate -- place like tunisia has gone islamic. qatar, one of the greatest dependence of the united states is turning towards the extremists. hamas attack on israel is not out of the blue. it comes out of that strategic, change strategic map. so here we are being reminded once more, the careful what you wish for. we want a democracy. we seem to be getting islamization, and thus to the middle east movement that is not, say, friendly towards the west let alone towards israel. so what do we do until the good guys really become good guys, and to islamists become good liberal democrats? and didn't we at the very harsh harsh question i'm asking, didn't we do better with the mubarak's for the last 40 years? >> let me just responds very quickly which some of us -- summons us back to 2002001, 2002 to try to insert in our foreign aid to egypt, money for economic development in the for human rights, for other reforms that we felt were very necessary because obviously the nature of the mubarak government
, the syrian president bashar al-assad. he proposed a new constitution that he said would include new laws for the parties and local administration. he think russia and china for their support of syria and stressed that his country would defend themselves from outside forces. the last time he addressed the nation was in june 2012. coverage comes to us courtesy of al-jazeera english. >> this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. official figures in united nations said as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives during the course of the 21 month conflict. [chanting] our translator is standing by. [applause] [applause] president bashar al-assad, live from the syrian capital. >> ladies and gentlemen, today i look at your faces and the faces of the people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children of syria. i'd look at the hands of the elderly today, pain and suffering is spread all over syria. safety and security are absent in these streets. many women lost their children, many children became orphans.
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